Here are a few of the images from my Cotswold Wedding Photography at Euridge Manor for the union of Louisa and Nick. They were married at towards the end of the summer of 2019 on the 7th of September. Euridge Manor countryside estate is located not far from the quintessential English village of Castle Combe in the Cotswolds. Benefiting from a Georgian style Orangery with terrace gardens and its own boating pond, this exclusive use wedding venue provides a picturesque backdrop to any wedding day. Both the bridal and groom parties were on the estate during their preparations. So I was able to split my time between the two until they met up at the marriage ceremony in the Orangery. Following which, congratulatory hugs were exchanged and drinks were served on the rooftop garden. Once having one had a chance to catch up with each other, we made out way to the main lawn for a few family and friend group photographs. Then before guests were called in for the wedding breakfast, the bride and groom had a little walk around the boating pond, so I could capture just the two of them whilst utilising the surroundings. These were taken as naturally as possible with as little direction as possible, any such instruction usually just consisted of the request for a little pause in one picturesque spot before continuing their journey. The wedding day speeches were delivered before the food. Then before the evening dancing got underway, they was enough of the evening sun to enjoy the gardens one more time.
Hannah and Charlie hosted their wedding day at the Euridge Orangery on Saturday 20th July 2019. Euridge sits on the edge of the village of Colerne, on the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire, in the heart of the Cotswolds, The estate is built within the grounds of famous explorer Sir Walter Raleigh’s old hunting lodge. My photographic coverage began with the bridal party, who had set up in one of the 17th century stone cottages located on the estate. As it was a short distance to the main house where the boys were getting ready, I split my time between the two parties. The marriage ceremony took place in the nearby village of Colerne at the St John the Baptist Church, a building which in part date backs to the 12th century. After the ceremony and confetti had been thrown, Charlie drove his new bride away in a classic open top sports cars. Meanwhile their guests made their way to Euridge where they served drinks on the roof top terrace in the gardens of Euridge Orangery. The newlyweds used this time to walk their two little dogs, which provided me an opportunity for a couple of shots as they did so. These were taken in the normal flow of their stroll, as with most of my clients, they did want overly posed portraits. Though we did a few family groups shots, as this pleases parents tremendously. And with a little analytical thinking they do not need to take up too much time. As the day progressed the wedding breakfast was served, and some comical and emotive speeches followed. The evening bought about the cutting of the cake and Hannah and Charlies’ first dance as a married couple. The wedding band then increased the tempo, and the collected family and friends were invited onto the dance floor.
“The pics have made our week!”
“Beautifully captured the mood. (They) most definitely brought back to life the funny, happy, crazy (Charlie’s groomsman!) and for us poignant moments.”
On the 4th May 2019 I donned my hat as a Cotswold Wedding Photographer for wedding day of Sophie and Jon at Euridge Manor’s Lost Orangery. This was my third visit to this rather unique wedding venue and I seem to enjoy it a little more each time. In the morning the bride and her party where getting ready on site. Meanwhile the boys were a short distance away in one of the estates country cottages, sorting out ties, buttonholes and waistcoats. A group ‘single malt’ toast was exchanged before the days formal duties began for the ushers and best-man. Once all of the guests were safely seated in the Orangery, Sophie was walked through the garden to make her grand entrance. An emotional ceremony was enjoyed, then the happy couple were then showered with confetti on the main lawn. Drink, canapés and string instrumented music were then provided through the gardens where everyone could enjoy the view of the boating lake and rolling hills. The food and drink was served by the highly recommended Wiltshire catering firm Eat Five Star. The wedding breakfast was served in the venues ballroom, before some wonderful speeches entertained the gathered friends and family. As the night drew approached, log fires were lit outside to provide warmth for the those enjoying the evening air. Though it was not too long before night time celebrations began with the happy couples first dance.
It is always interesting to see how venues are experienced with the different seasons. Last time I was here was on a brilliant summers day, this time I was photographing a winter wedding at the Lost Orangery in the Cotswolds. And it managed to host a fine day, despite the occasional inclement weather, the wedding guests where kept warm and dry by the majestic, terrace gardened orangery, overlooking the Wiltshire countryside. Underneath of which the ballroom, held the formal wedding breakfast, after dinner speeches and evening dancing. At the beginning of the day, 11th November 2017 I first met up with the groom and his ushers at a local pub, the picturesque White Hart, where they had lodged the night before. After taking a couple of photographs before they left for the church, I made my way to the Lost Orangery, where Victoria and her party were getting ready on site. The marriage ceremony took place in the Church of Saint John the Baptist in the Cotswold village of Colerne. Everyone followed the newly married couple back to the Lost Orangery for the drink reception where they were greeted with the unmistakable sound of a Scottish bagpiper in honour of the grooms family roots. As the evening drew in, the speeches where delivered under candle light, before the night sky was lit up with a magnificent fireworks display. This kicked off the evening celebrations with the first dance of the happy pair, followed by traditional folk dancing accompanied by a ceilidh band
I have now been exclusively specialising in wedding photography for over twelve years and have witnessed some amazing unions in some really impressive locations. Emily and Nicholas managed to continue this theme when they decided to host their wedding in The Lost Orangery at Euridge Manor.
The unique venue settled amongst the Wiltshire countryside is the private residence of John Robinson, founder of the fashion chain, Jigsaw. The wonderful gardens have been designed by Julian and Isabel Bannerman, the couple responsible for garden design at Highgrove, Houghton House and the British 9/11 Memorial Garden in New York. It features a orangery with its own roof terrace, croquet lawn, pretty boating lake, boat house and a man made mound with a walkable path that circumvents the slope.
I started my photographic coverage with the bridal preparations at a nearby country house, before travelling to the village of Colerne in the Cotswolds to meet up with the groom at Euridge Manor. The ceremony took place in the Lost Orangery, after the confetti was thrown on picturesque roof garden, the wedding guests were directed to the garden terrace which overlooks the boating lake that borders the main house. Drinks and canapes were served in the afternoon sun shine, and after a few family photographs, it was time for the wedding breakfast.
This was followed by some emotional speeches, during which the groom receiving both barrels from his dual best-men, much to the amusement to all that attended. Once the champagne was downed and coffee served, the geust were free to explore the beautiful grounds, some made the climb up the mound to be awarded with the view of the Wiltshir countrside glowing in the evening sun. Others discovered the trampolines and croquet lawn. Once the sunset the bride and groom had organised a visual treat in the form of a firework display.
Friends and family of the bride and groom can see the full collection of photographs by clicking on the “Client Area” link above.